Poet Authors

Lascelles Abercrombie
British Poet
Lascelles Abercrombie was a British poet and literary critic, one of the "Dymock poets". He was born in Ashton upon Mersey and educated at Malvern College, and at the University of Manchester. Wikipedia
Lucius Accius
Italian Poet
Lucius Accius , or Lucius Attius, was a Roman tragic poet and literary scholar. The son of a freedman, Accius was born at Pisaurum in Umbria, in 170 BC. Wikipedia
Diane Ackerman
American Poet
Diane Ackerman is an American author, poet, and naturalist known best for her work A Natural History of the Senses. Her writing style combines poetry, colloquial history, and popular science. Wikipedia
Aeschylus
Greek Poet
Aeschylus was the first of the three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays can still be read or performed, the others being Sophocles and Euripides. Wikipedia
Agathon
Greek Poet
Agathon was an Athenian tragic poet whose works have been lost. He is best known for his appearance in Plato's Symposium, which describes the banquet given to celebrate his obtaining a prize for his first tragedy at the Lenaia in 416. Wikipedia
Mark Akenside
English Poet
Mark Akenside was an English poet and physician. Wikipedia
Anna Akhmatova
Russian Poet
Anna Andreyevna Gorenko , better known by the pen name Anna Akhmatova , was a Russian modernist poet, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon. Wikipedia
Alcaeus
Greek Poet
Alcaeus of Mytilene , Greek lyric poet from Lesbos Island who is credited with inventing the Alcaic verse. He was included in the canonical list of nine lyric poets by the scholars of Hellenistic Alexandria. Wikipedia
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
American Poet
Thomas Bailey Aldrich was an American poet, novelist, travel writer and editor. Wikipedia
Vicente Aleixandre
Spanish Poet
Vicente Pío Marcelino Cirilo Aleixandre y Merlo was a Spanish poet who was born in Seville. Aleixandre was a Nobel Prize laureate for Literature in 1977. He was part of the Generation of '27. He died in Madrid in 1984. Wikipedia
Dante Alighieri
Italian Poet
Durante degli Alighieri, simply referred to as Dante , was a major Italian poet of the Middle Ages. Wikipedia
William Allingham
Irish Poet
William Allingham was an Irish poet, diarist and editor. Wikipedia
Al Alvarez
English Poet
Al Alvarez is an English poet, novelist, essayist and critic who publishes under the name A. Alvarez and Al Alvarez. Wikipedia
A. R. Ammons
American Poet
Archie Randolph Ammons was an American poet who won the annual National Book Award for Poetry in 1973 and 1993. He wrote about humanity's relationship to nature in alternately comic and solemn tones. Wikipedia
Anacreon
Greek Poet
Anacreon was a Greek lyric poet, notable for his drinking songs and hymns. Later Greeks included him in the canonical list of nine lyric poets. Wikipedia
Carlos Drummond de Andrade
Brazilian Poet
Carlos Drummond de Andrade was perhaps the most influential Brazilian poet of the 20th century. He has become something of a national poet; his poem "Canção Amiga" was printed on the 50 cruzados bill. Wikipedia
Maya Angelou
American Poet
Maya Angelou is an American author and poet. She has published six autobiographies, five books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. Wikipedia
Christopher Anstey
English Poet
Christopher Anstey was an English writer and poet. Wikipedia
David Antin
American Poet
David Antin is a United States poet and critic. Antin earned his M.A. from New York University in 1966. In the late 1960s, Antin began performing extemporaneously, improvising "talk poems" at readings and exhibitions. Wikipedia
Louis Aragon
French Poet
Louis Aragon , was a French poet, novelist and editor, a long-time member of the Communist Party and a member of the Académie Goncourt. Wikipedia
Archilochus
Greek Poet
Archilochus, or, Archilochos was a Greek lyric poet from the island of Paros in the Archaic period. Wikipedia
Pietro Aretino
Italian Poet
Pietro Aretino was an Italian author, playwright, poet and satirist who wielded immense influence on contemporary art and politics and invented modern literate pornography. Wikipedia
Ludovico Ariosto
Poet
Ludovico Ariosto was an Italian poet. He is best known as the author of the romance epic Orlando Furioso . Wikipedia
Aristophanes
Greek Poet
Aristophanes , son of Philippus, of the deme Cydathenaus, was a comic playwright of ancient Athens. Eleven of his 40 plays survive virtually complete. Wikipedia
Simon Armitage
British Poet
Simon Armitage CBE is a British poet, playwright, and novelist. Wikipedia
Richard Armour
American Poet
Richard Willard Armour was an American poet and author who wrote over sixty-five books. Wikipedia
Ernst Moritz Arndt
German Poet
Ernst Moritz Arndt was a German nationalistic author and poet. Early in his life, he fought for the abolition of serfdom, later against Napoleonic dominance over Germany, and had to flee to Sweden for some time due to his anti-French positions. Wikipedia
Edwin Arnold
English Poet
Sir Edwin Arnold KCIE CSI was an English poet and journalist, who is most known for his work, The Light of Asia. Wikipedia
Matthew Arnold
English Poet
Matthew Arnold was a British poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools. Wikipedia
John Ashbery
American Poet
John Lawrence Ashbery is an American poet. He has published more than twenty volumes of poetry and won nearly every major American award for poetry, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his collection Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. Wikipedia
W. H. Auden
English Poet
Wystan Hugh Auden , who published as W. H. Auden, was an Anglo-American poet, born in England, later an American citizen, regarded by many critics as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Wikipedia
Joseph Auslander
American Poet
Joseph Auslander was an American poet, anthologist, translator of poems, and novelist. Auslander was appointed the first Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1937 and 1941. Wikipedia
Ausonius
Roman Poet
Decimius Magnus Ausonius was a Latin poet and teacher of rhetoric at Burdigala . For a time he was tutor to the future emperor Gratian, who afterwards bestowed the Consulship on him. Wikipedia
Alfred Austin
English Poet
Alfred Austin DL was an English poet who was appointed Poet Laureate in 1896 upon the death of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Wikipedia
Philip James Bailey
English Poet
Philip James Bailey , English spasmodic poet, author of Festus, was born at Nottingham. Wikipedia
Joanna Baillie
Scottish Poet
Joanna Baillie was a Scottish poet and dramatist. Baillie was very well known during her lifetime and, though a woman, intended her plays not for the closet but for the stage. Wikipedia
Amiri Baraka
American Poet
Amiri Baraka , formerly known as LeRoi Jones, is an African-American writer of poetry, drama, fiction, essays, and music criticism. Wikipedia
Anna Letitia Barbauld
English Poet
Unless otherwise noted, this list of works is taken from Wolicky's entry on Barbauld in the Dictionary of Literary Biography : Wikipedia
John Barbour
Scottish Poet
John Barbour , was a Scottish poet and the first major named literary figure to write in Scots. Wikipedia
Joel Barlow
American Poet
Joel Barlow was an American poet, diplomat, and politician. In his own time, Barlow was well known for the epic Vision of Columbus, though modern readers may be more familiar with The Hasty-Pudding . Wikipedia
Barnabe Barnes
English Poet
Barnabe Barnes , was an English poet. He is known for his Petrarchan love sonnets and for his combative personality, involving feuds with other writers and culminating in an alleged attempted murder. Wikipedia
Richard Barnfield
English Poet
Richard Barnfield was an English poet. Wikipedia
Bernard Barton
American Poet
Bernard Barton was known as the Quaker poet. Wikipedia
John Barton
Canadian Poet
John Barton is a Canadian poet. Wikipedia
Matsuo Basho
Japanese Poet
Matsuo Basho , born Matsuo Kinsaku , then Matsuo Chuemon Munefusa , was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. Wikipedia
Charles Baudelaire
French Poet
Charles Pierre Baudelaire was a French poet who produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. Wikipedia
Thomas Lovell Beddoes
English Poet
Thomas Lovell Beddoes was an English poet, dramatist and physician. Wikipedia
John Beecher
American Poet
John Beecher was an activist poet, writer and journalist who wrote about the Southern United States during the Great Depression and the American Civil Rights Movement. Beecher was active in the American labor and civil rights movements. Wikipedia
Joachim du Bellay
French Poet
Joachim du Bellay was a French poet, critic, and a member of the Pléiade. Wikipedia
Hilaire Belloc
English Poet
Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc was an Anglo-French writer and historian who became a naturalised British subject in 1902. He was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century. Wikipedia
Stephen Vincent Benet
American Poet
Stephen Vincent Benét was an American author, poet, short story writer, and novelist. Wikipedia
William Rose Benet
American Poet
William Rose Benét was an American poet, writer, and editor. He was the older brother of Stephen Vincent Benét. Wikipedia
Isaac de Benserade
French Poet
Isaac de Benserade was a French poet. Wikipedia
Wendell Berry
American Poet
Wendell Berry is an American man of letters, academic, cultural and economic critic, and farmer. He is a prolific author of novels, short stories, poems, and essays. Wikipedia
John Berryman
American Poet
John Allyn Berryman was an American poet and scholar, born in McAlester, Oklahoma. He was a major figure in American poetry in the second half of the 20th century and was considered a key figure in the Confessional school of poetry. Wikipedia
John Betjeman
English Poet
Sir John Betjeman, CBE was an English poet, writer and broadcaster who described himself in Who's Who as a "poet and hack". Wikipedia
Elizabeth Bibesco
British Poet
Elizabeth, Princess Bibesco was an English writer active between 1921 and 1940. A final posthumous collection of her stories, poems and aphorisms was published under the title Haven in 1951, with a preface by Elizabeth Bowen. Wikipedia
Elizabeth Bishop
American Poet
Elizabeth Bishop was an American poet and short-story writer. Wikipedia
Richard Blackmore
English Poet
Sir Richard Blackmore , English poet and physician, is remembered primarily as the object of satire and as an example of a dull poet. He was, however, a respected physician and religious writer. Wikipedia
William Blake
English Poet
William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. Wikipedia
Robert Bloomfield
English Poet
Robert Bloomfield was an English labouring class poet whose work is appreciated in the context of other self-educated writers such as Stephen Duck, Mary Collier and John Clare. Wikipedia
Edmund Blunden
English Poet
Edmund Charles Blunden, MC was an English poet, author and critic. Like his friend Siegfried Sassoon, he wrote of his experiences in World War I in both verse and prose. Wikipedia
Robert Bly
American Poet
Robert Bly is an American poet, author, activist and leader of the mythopoetic men's movement, most famous for his Iron John: A Book About Men , which spent 62 weeks on the The New York Times Best Seller list. Wikipedia
Maxwell Bodenheim
American Poet
Maxwell Bodenheim was an American poet and novelist who was known as the King of Greenwich Village Bohemians. His writing brought him international notoriety during the Jazz Age of the 1920s. Wikipedia
Louise Bogan
American Poet
Louise Bogan was an American poet. She was appointed the fourth Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress in 1945. Wikipedia
Nicolas Boileau
French Poet
Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux was a French poet and critic. Wikipedia
Arrigo Boito
Italian Poet
Arrigo Boito , aka Enrico Giuseppe Giovanni Boito, pseudonym Tobia Gorrio, was an Italian poet, journalist, novelist and composer, best known today for his libretti, especially those for Giuseppe Verdi's operas Otello and Falstaff, and his own opera... Wikipedia
Arna Bontemps
American Poet
Arnaud "Arna" Wendell Bontemps was an American poet and a noted member of the Harlem Renaissance. Wikipedia
Jorge Luis Borges
Argentinian Poet
Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges , known as Jorge Luis Borges, was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator born in Buenos Aires. His work embraces the "character of unreality in all literature". Wikipedia
Karin Boye
Swedish Poet
 Karin Maria Boye  was a Swedish poet and novelist. Wikipedia
Anne Bradstreet
American Poet
Anne Bradstreet was the first poet and first female writer in the British North American colonies to be published. Her first volume of poetry was The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, published in 1650. Wikipedia
Bertolt Brecht
German Poet
Bertolt Brecht was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director. Wikipedia
Andre Breton
French Poet
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Nicholas Breton
English Poet
Nicholas Breton , English poet and novelist, belonged to an old family settled at Layer Breton, Essex. Wikipedia
Robert Bridges
English Poet
Robert Seymour Bridges, OM, was a British poet, and poet laureate from 1913 to 1930. Wikipedia
Joseph Brodsky
American Poet
Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky was a Russian poet and essayist. Wikipedia
Alexander Brome
English Poet
Alexander Brome was an English poet. Wikipedia
Rupert Brooke
English Poet
Rupert Chawner Brooke was an English poet known for his idealistic war sonnets written during the First World War, especially "The Soldier". He was also known for his boyish good looks, which were said to have prompted the Irish poet W. B. Wikipedia
Gwendolyn Brooks
American Poet
Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was an American poet. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1950 and was appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968 and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1985. Wikipedia
William Broome
English Poet
William Broome was an English poet and translator. He was born in Haslington, near Crewe, Cheshire and died in Bath. Wikipedia
Pam Brown
Australian Poet
Pam Brown is an Australian poet. Wikipedia
Thomas Edward Brown
British Poet
Thomas Edward Brown , commonly referred to as T.E. Brown was a Manx poet, scholar and theologian. Wikipedia
Robert Browning
English Poet
Robert Browning was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, especially dramatic monologues, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. Wikipedia
William C. Bryant
American Poet
Robert Williams Buchanan
British Poet
Robert Williams Buchanan was a Scottish poet, novelist and dramatist. Wikipedia
Basil Bunting
British Poet
Basil Cheesman Bunting was a significant British modernist poet whose reputation was established with the publication of Briggflatts in 1966. Wikipedia
Robert Burns
Scottish Poet
Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. Wikipedia
Samuel Butler
British Poet
George Byron
Scottish Poet
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS , commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Wikipedia
Lord Byron
British Poet
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS , commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Wikipedia
Thomas Babington Macaulay
British Poet
Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay PC was a British historian and Whig politician. He wrote extensively as an essayist and reviewer; his books on British history were hailed as literary masterpieces. Wikipedia
Callimachus
Greek Poet
Callimachus was a native of the Greek colony of Cyrene, Libya. He was a noted poet, critic and scholar at the Library of Alexandria and enjoyed the patronage of the Egyptian-Greek Pharaohs Ptolemy II Philadelphus and Ptolemy III Euergetes. Wikipedia
C. S. Calverley
English Poet
Charles Stuart Calverley was an English poet and wit. He was the literary father of what has been called "the university school of humour". Wikipedia
Charles Stuart Calverley
English Poet
Charles Stuart Calverley was an English poet and wit. He was the literary father of what has been called "the university school of humour". Wikipedia
Richard Owen Cambridge
British Poet
Richard Owen Cambridge was a British poet. Wikipedia
Thomas Campbell
Scottish Poet
Bliss Carman
Canadian Poet
Bliss Carman FRSC was a Canadian poet who lived most of his life in the United States, where he achieved international fame. He was acclaimed as Canada's poet laureate during his later years. Wikipedia
Elizabeth Carter
English Poet
Elizabeth Carter was an English poet, classicist, writer and translator, and a member of the Bluestocking Circle. Wikipedia
Sydney Carter
English Poet
Sydney Bertram Carter was an English poet, songwriter, folk musician, born in Camden Town, London. Wikipedia